"Where you go, I'll go"
In 2018, Rolling Stone magazine named the Hollywood Bowl one of the 10 best live music venues in America. When I heard that Chris Tomlin, a Christian singer and songwriter, would be playing there in May, my friend Madison and I bought our tickets to his show. Dancing under the vast expanse of the night sky in the open air of the theater brought out a special beauty and freedom to the music. When we sang our worship under the stars, it felt like our praise went straight to God.
One of my favorite songs by Chris Tomlin is “Follow Me” in which he sings about allowing God to be his guide:
“Where you go, I’ll go”
“Where you stay, I’ll stay”
“When you move, I’ll move”
“I will follow you”
These lyrics are especially timely in our lives right now. On the drive to the concert, Madison told me about a mission trip that she took in middle school to a poverty-stricken area in inner city Dallas. “This trip was several years ago, but God brought it to my memory again,” she told me. She was so inspired by the youth leader who chaperoned the trip that she recently began volunteering in the middle school program at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Irvine, southern California. One day, I’m sure she will play a key Christian mentorship role in the life of a student, just as her own youth leader touched her life.
These lyrics apply to my own current experience because God has given me the courage to leave my safe, comfortable routine as an administrative assistant and step out in faith to try for my dream job of being a writer, and to adopt foster children with my husband Elijah.
I love to hear Madison sing. She was a member of her church praise band in her hometown in Alabama, and still records cover songs and her original work on the piano. The musical talent runs in her family, as her mom was nearly a professional singer. “She would bring people to tears with her lovely voice in church and at weddings,” Madison recalls. As she and I sang together amidst the stars, our voices joining with thousands of others in worship, we experienced a preview of what heaven might be like.